It's that time of year again -- when we turn our eyes to Lake Superior State University (in beautiful Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan), and their official list of this year's banished words.
It's really not all that amazing or ginormous, truth be told, but since both are on this year's list, we thought it only fitting to throw them into this article's title. The word "amazing" actually had what looks like an organized ballot-box-stuffing effort which successfully put it at the top of the list this year. Which is (sorry, I just have to...) truly amazing.
One other notable entry was "Winning The Future," which (as the folks at L.S.S.U. helpfully point out) has already been used by both Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich on the campaign trail. I think it was the only time last year I agreed with Sarah Palin, in fact, when she (also very helpfully) pointed out that "WTF" has another meaning in the initial-speak of today's plugged-in youth. Ahem.
But enough delay, let's get on with the list! You can view the whole thing (with commentary) at the official page for the "Lake Superior State University's 37th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness" as it's worth reading in its entirety. This year's banished words and phrases:
The New Normal
Win The Future
Trickeration (football, apparently)
Thank You In Advance
Some of the commentary (which comes in with the nominations all year long) is worth quoting, to help explain why these words were so offensive to so many:
[Amazing] -- "Anderson Cooper used it three times recently in the opening 45 seconds of his program. My teeth grate, my hackles rise and even my dog is getting annoyed at this senseless overuse. I don't even like 'Amazing Grace' anymore."
[Shared Sacrifice] -- "Usually used by a politician who wants other people to share in the sacrifice so he/she doesn’t have to."
[Trickeration] -- "Why? Why? Why? This one seems to be the flavor du jour for football analysts. What's wrong with 'trick' or 'trickery?' No doubt, next year's model will be 'trickerationism.'"
[Ginormous] -- "This combination of gigantic and enormous makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck every time I hear it. Each utterance reminds me of the high school drop-out that first used this offensive word in my presence."
My personal favorite of the bunch:
[Occupy] -- "Why couldn't they have used a more palatable kind, like pecan or peach?'"
Heh. OK, that's funny, I have to admit.
Thank you in advance for reading our own humble efforts at journalism all year (from the comfort of your very own man-cave), and I apologize (as always) for any shared sacrifice we all must face by reading the ginormous blowback in the comments here. Such calumny, animadversion, and even trickeration has seemingly become the new normal, it seems. We never cease to find it all a big amazing, to be completely honest. We'd like all our readers to join in the effort to win the future next year, whether that future includes a baby bump in your family, or whether you become a proud pet parent. Whatever 2012 holds for you, though, we invite you to continue the ongoing efforts to occupy ChrisWeigant.com!
See you all next year....
-- Chris Weigant
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